Learn more about dental crowns and how they protect teeth from further damage.
A damaged tooth needs to be addressed right away. In fact, a cracked, fractured or broken tooth is considered a dental emergency. The only way to effectively treat it is by seeing your Lincolnwood, IL dentist Dr. Robert Silvers for care. This isn’t an issue that will just go away. Teeth, unfortunately, cannot heal themselves. If you are dealing with a damaged tooth, we may recommend a dental crown.
In the majority of cases, a tooth or teeth that have been broken, cracked or damaged cannot benefit from a dental filling because it just wouldn’t be large enough to actually replace or restore the tooth. But a dental crown is usually the best option. A crown is shaped just like a natural tooth and is designed to fit over the entire tooth to restore its function, strength and appearance.
Crowns are typically custom-made by your Lincolnwood dentist Dr. Silvers based on impressions taken of your teeth. Crowns can be made from:
- Porcelain fused to metal
Common metals used include gold, nickel, chromium or other alloys like palladium. While metal crowns don’t look as natural as porcelain or ceramic teeth, they are stronger and are often recommended over other types of crowns for damaged back teeth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are most often used for the front teeth since they look the most like real teeth.
With the proper care, crowns can last up to 15 years or longer. By maintaining good oral hygiene after your crown has been placed, you’ll help ensure that your crown has a longer lifespan.
Turn to your Lincolnwood dentist at The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center for all of your smile needs. Our goal is to make sure that you have a clean, healthy smile that you’re proud of. Whether you need a dental restoration or just a six-month cleaning, call our office today to schedule an appointment!